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Flashpoint reports on Nigeria's 2015 election

Flashpoint reports on Nigeria's 2015 election

Reports from a team of election observers across Delta, Bayelsa, and Rivers States helped to substantiate crowd-sourced text-reports, and, together, informed a series of 11 election eNewsletters to brief key stakeholders on emerging issues to focus on before they escalate, and summary reports on Delta, Bayelsa, and Rivers State. These ...
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TV series: Dawn in the Creeks

TV series: Dawn in the Creeks

A reality TV series, Dawn in the Creeks, commissioned by SDN, documented the transformation of 21 young people living in the Niger Delta who had been involved in violence in the past. The young participants creatively tell their personal stories of adversity and of turning away from violence towards peaceful ...
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Addressing the South South’s Environmental Emergency: The vital importance of environmental issues in securing stability and prosperity in the Niger Delta

Addressing the South South’s Environmental Emergency: The vital importance of environmental issues in securing stability and prosperity in the Niger Delta

Nigeria is experiencing a national environmental emergency. Desertification in the North and rising sea levels in the South have led to higher than usual rates of migration, pressure on a weak supply chain for resources, and an additional strain on service provision in Nigeria’s major cities. The Intergovernmental Panel on ...
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Building Bridges: Community-Based Approaches to Tackle Pipeline Vandalism

Building Bridges: Community-Based Approaches to Tackle Pipeline Vandalism

Pipeline vandalism cost the Nigerian Government, oil-companies and communities an estimated $14bn dollars in 2014. The failure of the Nigerian state to provide basic public services and security in the Niger Delta has resulted in a significant breakdown of the social contract. In the void that remains, international and national oil companies ...
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A Closer Look at the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB)

A Closer Look at the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB)

The Nigerian government has long pledged its intent to overhaul the petroleum industry, entrenching efficiency and transparency in both upstream and downstream sectors, bringing operations in line with international standards. Yet the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which seeks to increase government revenue from oil and lay down a strengthened legal ...
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JIV Next Steps for Improving the JIV forms and related aspect of the JIV process

JIV Next Steps for Improving the JIV forms and related aspect of the JIV process

Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) is a visit to oil spill sites usually carried out within two weeks of an onshore oil spill in Nigeria. It is designed to assess the cause of the spill, the amount spilled and the scale and extent of damage and environmental impact. JIVs are usually ...
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Nigeria's fuel subsidy under the spotlight

Nigeria’s fuel subsidy under the spotlight

According to our independent analysis based on average domestic fuel consumption, subsidies claimed by fuel marketers cost Nigeria $2.9bn over the last year. This is a 400% increase since 2007 and a sum equivalent to 13% of the Federal Budget, passed in April 2015. Whatever strategy President Buhari chooses to address this ...
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Report on the Pan Niger Delta Youth Summit

Report on the Pan Niger Delta Youth Summit

The new Federal Government administration has not yet articulated its vision for the Niger Delta. As a result, the leaders in the region are concerned that the pledges for national development may not be inclusive. If these concerns are not addressed through a comprehensive and holistic approach, in the next 6 ...
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A Niger Delta Legacy Engagement Report

A Niger Delta Legacy Engagement Report

The Niger Delta legacy engagement set out to reduce acts of violence and increase the likelihood for a more peaceful future in the region. A tangled web of factors underlie the Niger Delta’s propensity for violence. Poor governance, inescapable poverty, environmental degradation and inadequate public services have all contributed ...
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CMAP radio station solar power case study

CMAP radio station solar power case study

The Sustainable Utilisation of Nigeria’s Gas and Renewable Energy Resources (SUNGAS) project is an EC-funded project with the aim to reduce poverty and support socio-economic development in the Niger Delta by promoting decentralised access to sustainable modern energy services. SDN’s element of the project aimed at developing community-based energy initiatives ...
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Towards improving the joint investigation visit for oil spills

Towards improving the joint investigation visit for oil spills

This is a narrative report and recommendations from the event entitled ‘improving the JIV’ which took place in Port Harcourt on 27th November 2014. This report documents the findings of the various discussions around the JIV (Joint Investigation Visits that occur following oil spills in Nigeria), and most importantly documents ...
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Case study on practicalities and impacts of small scale solar lantern use in the Niger Delta

Case study on practicalities and impacts of small scale solar lantern use in the Niger Delta

SDN initially distributed portable solar lanterns to urban and semi urban communities in Rivers State in order to better meet the decentralised energy needs of vulnerable groups. The Solar Portable Lighting Project sells individual renewable lights directly into communities through a local Community Distributor. Local entrepreneurs leverage upon existing relationships in ...
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Environmental Regulation: International Compensation Systems for oil spills in relation to reform in Nigeria

Environmental Regulation: International Compensation Systems for oil spills in relation to reform in Nigeria

This report addresses the complexity of civil litigation for compensation for oil pollution damage in the Niger Delta, and calls for the creation of a fairer and more consistent system of defining liability and payment in Nigeria. The document outlines the development of international compensation before analysing international actions through ...
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Nigeria Gas Flare Tracker - Briefing Document

Nigeria Gas Flare Tracker – Briefing Document

The Gas Flare Tracker system provides data and insight that will help guide regulation, incentives and investment aimed at reducing gas flaring and its impacts while increasing energy security and prosperity for Niger Delta communities and Nigeria as a whole. The application is an online map that displays a number of ...
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New Compensation Systems and Mechanisms in the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria

New Compensation Systems and Mechanisms in the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria

This report, which presents research on ‘New Compensation Rates and Processes in Nigeria’, was facilitated by Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN) with funding from the Dutch Ministry. An expert team of researchers and valuers undertook the study to identify a fair and comprehensive ‘oil spill rates mechanism’ that captures the immediate ...
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Environmental regulation and pollution control in relation to reform in Nigeria

Environmental regulation and pollution control in relation to reform in Nigeria

This document offers policy recommendation for the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in Nigeria. With examples from across the world, this paper outlines the extent to which global regulation and pollution control of the oil industry has evolved over time, largely propelled by serious accidents. These recommendation include the separation of ...
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Does Violence Pay? Community perceptions of violence

Does Violence Pay? Community perceptions of violence

The Niger Delta was violently thrust on the attention of the world during its 2005 -2009 militancy crisis. This conflict reduced oil production by two thirds costing Nigeria over $15 billion a year in lost revenue. Weekly kidnappings, pipeline attacks and militarisation of the region made for newsworthy stories, whilst ...
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Communities not Criminals - Illegal Oil Refining in the Niger Delta

Communities not Criminals – Illegal Oil Refining in the Niger Delta

"The government and oil companies are collecting our oil, and we don't have jobs, no money, so we have to collect the oil and refine our own". Local Oil Refiner SDN latest report analyses the massive growth in artisanal oil refining in the Niger Delta. The report explains for the ...
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